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Emi And The Pearl Pentacle

by valerie walker
©2005

Note: some of the material on this page has been modeled on exercises used by some other Feri writers.

Since the Pearl Pentacle is characteristic of and most easily learned by the mental Emi/Talker soul, the process of thinking needs to be examined very carefully. Just as Fetch naturally works the Iron Pentacle through physical hands-on exercises, the verbal Talker functions with the most ease in the realm of words, poetry, analysis, the grammar of myth. So, here is a song of riddles in which Emi can play:

A Song: Green Grow The Rushes-O
I'll sing you one-o
Green grow the rushes-o
What is your one-o?
One is One and all alone and ever more shall be so
I'll sing you two-o
Green grow the rushes-o
What is your two-o?
Two, two the lily-white boys, clothed all in green-o
One is One and all alone and ever more shall be so
---
Thirteen for the Moon's dance
Twelve for the Twelve Companions
Eleven for the Step Beyond
Ten for the Iron and the Pearl
Nine for the nine-foot circle
Eight for the shining Wheel
Seven for the Spiral Staircase
Six for the Guardians
Five for the Sacred Grove
Four for the wailing Winds
Three, three the Ladies
Two, two the lily-white boys, clothed all in green-o
One is One and all alone and ever more shall be so


Riddles And Their Uses In The Craft
In the spirit of Robert Graves and Roy Bowers, I have encased thirteen riddles in my version of this song. Some should be fairly easy to figure out: Thirteen for the Moon's dance is obviously the lunar months of the year. Nine for the nine-foot circle is the traditional nine-foot circle of Witches (which keeps the circle small enough to make the group small, intimate, and well-known to each other, and thus less likely to be betrayed). Six for the Guardians would be the Feri Guardians of the directions. And so on. But I leave it to the reader to pry out the meaning of the other lines.

If you can figure them all out, then your mind is apt to the poetic thinking which comes from Talker listening well to Fetch inspired by Godself. And this is the purpose of riddles, to develop this poetic mode of thinking which is so integral for doing Magick. Witches during the past centuries have used riddles in order to find out what an aspirant to membership already knew of their secrets, and whether he had mastered this same sort of poetic thinking in order to guess the ones he didn't already know. Graves calls this "analeptic" thinking, and is of the opinion that it is necessary for the poet.

These days poets and Witches are very much the same: even those Witches unskilled in weaving words into intricate and multi-layered patterns can dip into the deep well of Fetch and come up with music, art, dance, ritual, or some other nonverbal mode of doing the same thing. And sometimes the plainest words will do. This anonymous spell, which I heard in the late 1970's during a women's ritual atop Twin Peaks in San Francisco, and have never forgotten, is simple but profoundly true:

tying a knot
is making a connection
making a connection
is making energy
making energy
is making magick
making magick
is making love
making love
is tying a knot


Love

Datta: what have we given?
My friend, blood shaking my heart
The awful daring of a moment's surrender
Which an age of prudence can never retract
By this, and this only, we have existed
Which is not to be found in our obituaries
Or in memories draped by the beneficent spider
Or under seals broken by the lean solicitor
In our empty rooms
-- T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land


Exercise: Working With The Love Point
Focus on the point at the center of your forehead, and see a bright ray of violet light appear there. This light illuminates and heals the inner wounds inflicted by all your received knowledge about how love should be, the external sense of what is appropriate or allowable in relationships, and the blockages you feel toward really committing yourself to loving relationships. The healing power of love glows through to your very core, and you know that love is about the compassion and empathy you can feel for someone when you recognize that their life force and yours come from the same source, that you have connection with them and the planet. Know that you can truly love and allow yourself to be loved. The light becomes brighter, clearer, and you say: in the name of Love!

Law

My skin, my bones, my heretic heart
Are my authority.

-- Catherine Madsen


Exercise: Working With The Law Point
From your right foot, there emanates a ray of turquoise-blue light, growing brighter and surer by the moment. Here, the light illuminates and heals the wounds inflicted by all the ideas projected onto you by others of how you must act, and think, and feel, and be. It burns up social expectations, socially-accepted ideas of normality, and out of this bright light emerges your own awareness of the laws you choose to live by, your personal code of ethics and honor, what laws you choose to live outside of. Understand and accept the consequences of following or ignoring these laws. With the pure glowing light as your guide, you recognize what is yours to claim and what is not, to decide your own code of law and ethics. And you say: in the name of Law!

Knowledge

"I always say you can't go wrong with a good Invocation," said Nanny. "Haven't done one for years."
Granny Weatherwax frowned. Magrat said, "Oh but you can't. Not here. You need a cauldron, and a magic sword. And an octogram. And spices, and all sorts of stuff."
Granny and Nanny exchanged glances.
"It's not her fault," said Granny. "It's all them grimmers she was bought." She turned to Magrat.
"You don't need none of that," she said. "You need headology." She looked around the ancient washroom.
"You just use whatever you've got," she said.

--Terry Pratchett


Exercise: Working With The Knowledge Point
Focus on your left hand, and see a bright ray of yellow light appear there, growing brighter and surer by the moment. As the light brightens, it illuminates and heals the inner wounds inflicted by your own ignorance and self-deception. Out of this bright light emerges what can be learned by delving into yourself. You recognize that you are your own best and most important teacher. With the pure, glowing light shining brighter and brighter within you, you realize that respecting your self is also recognizing and respecting others who have done the same work, and it is your task to follow your own path rather than blindly staying in the footsteps of your teachers, even though you give them proper respect and thanks; and also knowing that when it comes time for you to teach, you will encourage novices to seek their own path, not to try and follow yours. And you say: in the name of Knowledge!

Liberty

There is no becoming, no revolution, no struggle, no path.
Already you are the monarch of your own skin.
Your inviolable freedom waits to be completed only by the love of other monarchs.
A politics of dream, urgent as the blueness of sky.

-- Hakim Bey


Exercise: Working With The Liberty Point
From your right hand, there emanates a ray of green light growing brighter and surer by the moment. The light illuminates and heals the wounds inflicted by all sense of being determined by others, of being forced to be or do anything; it purifies you of all sense of outside pressures, and feelings of powerlessness. The light feeds your own ability to overcome inertia, and you realize that Liberty can be gained by changing the rules of the game, by no longer being willing to follow another's law, by separating yourself from a damaging situation, by finding your own self worth and wisdom, by gaining more knowledge, or even by accepting what you cannot change and moving on. As the light burns brighter, know your own inner freedom increasing, your ability to move, to do, to choose, to change, and you say: in the name of Liberty!

Wisdom

If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
-- William Blake


Exercise: Working With The Wisdom Point
Focus on a ray of red light, emanating from your left foot, and growing brighter and surer. The light intensely illuminates and heals the wounds inflicted by your obsessions. As the light burns purer and higher, the power of wisdom grows within you. This power is the energy that springs from your passions and yet tempers them so that you don't burn out or become fanatic. It is the gift of the gods, and only by passionately seeking it can it be attained. Wisdom is the balancing element that keeps you on your chosen path. And you have the wisdom to see that path. As the light grows brighter, see it illuminate that path even more. And you say: in the name of Wisdom!